Kelvin Microprobe Analytics on Iron-Enriched Corroded Magnesium Surface


This work contributes to the better understanding of Kelvin microprobe response to iron re-deposition related surface morphology changes resulting from Mg corrosion caused by iron-rich impurities. Scanning Kelvin probe force microscopy (SKPFM) was performed on polished Mg samples at well-defined surface conditions occurring from corrosive exposure to 0.05 M NaCl electrolyte or dissolved FeCl2. Volta potential difference was measured and mapped across iron-rich areas, unaffected areas of α-Mg, and on FeCl2 exposed areas. Afterward, the obtained potential values were evaluated via the derived mathematical expression, based on model assumptions. Subsequently, they were compared and then correlated to the corrosion process.
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